Awards and Reading Lists, Apr. 30, 2019 | Book Pulse

Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi has won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. The Women's Prize for Fiction announces its shortlist. The American Academy of Arts and Letters is awarding Toni Morrison a gold medal for lifetime achievement in fiction. On top of the award news, there is an Arya Stark reading list and Amélie Wen Zhao, who pulled her YA book in the face of online outrage, is now planning for a November pub date.

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Awards

Call Me Zebra by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi (HMH) has won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. Here is a list of all the nominees. The Washington Post has an interview and story.

The Women's Prize for Fiction announces its shortlist.

The American Academy of Arts and Letters is awarding Toni Morrison a gold medal for lifetime achievement in fiction.

Reading Lists

The Washington Post picks "The 10 books to read in May."

Tor.com has a list of "All the New Fantasy Books Coming Out in May." Which includes some very big names in the genre.

CrimeReads shuts the door on April with the month's "Best International Crime Fiction."

Bustle suggests a reading list for fans of Arya Stark.

Wired gathers "5 Comics To Read After Seeing Avengers: Endgame."

Reviews

The NYT reviews Spring by Ali Smith (Pantheon: Random House): "This is the most political book thus far in this earthy and humane series. Its heart is worn far out on its sleeve. It beats arrhythmically somewhere down near the knuckles." Also, The Octopus Museum: Poems by Brenda Shaughnessy (Knopf): "If they are often bleak, Shaughnessy’s poems are also very funny ... Shaughnessy can also write the kind of line that is confusing in its beauty, whose beauty exceeds its sense ... lines that can be read and reread without exhausting their potential meaning." Everything in Its Place: First Loves and Last Tales by Oliver Sacks (Knopf): "the topics here are actually a wonderfully odd lot ... Life bursts through all of Oliver Sacks’s writing. He was and will remain a brilliant singularity."

The Washington Post reviews The Guest Book by Sarah Blake (Flatiron: Macmillan): "monumental in a way that few novels dare attempt. But is the loss of a $3.5 million vacation home a relevant subject for a great American novel at this moment? Or does the whole lyrical enterprise feel overwrought, even precious?"

NPR reviews I Was Their American Dream: A Graphic Memoir by Malaka Gharib (Clarkson Potter: Random House): "Gharib's wisdom about the power and limits of racial identity is evident in the way she draws."

Briefly Noted

The NYT reports that Amélie Wen Zhao, who pulled her YA book Blood Heir in the face of online outrage, is now planning for a November pub date. The NYT has an interview and details.

Entertainment Weekly excerpts Then It Fell Apart by Moby (Faber & Faber Social), also an excerpt from Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco (jimmy patterson: Hachette).

Vanity Fair excerpts Bitcoin Billionaires: A True Story of Genius, Betrayal, and Redemption by Ben Mezrich (Flatiron: Macmillan).

The Guardian interviews Namwali Serpell, The Old Drift (Hogarth: Random House; LJ starred review). Also, the paper interviews Bret Easton Ellis, White (Knopf).

O Magazine interviews David Brooks, The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life (Random House).

Entertainment Weekly interviews Sylvia Day, Butterfly in Frost (Montlake Romance).

Paste picks the best book covers of April. So does LitHub.

The real-life Hundred Acre Wood that severed as the inspiration for Winnie the Pooh's home has burned. Town & Country reports.

Authors on Air

The NYT has an interview with the screenwriters of Avengers: Endgame. Related, Entertainment Weekly interviews Jim Starlin, the creator of the Thanos character. Also, The Hollywood Reporter writes about what is next. Spoilers abound.

Entertainment Weekly interviews George Clooney about Catch-22.

Laura Linney is bringing her staring role in the adaptation of My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout to Broadway. The NYT has details.

The NYT Books podcast features Henry Louis Gates Jr., Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow (Penguin).

Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London is getting adapted for TV. Sarah Silverman's memoir The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee is getting adapted into a musical. Lionel Davidson’s Kolymsky Heights is headed for TV. Deadline Hollywood has details.

EL James, The Mister (Vintage: Random House), will be on The View today.

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Neal Wyatt is LJ’s readers’ advisory columnist, contributing The Reader’s Shelf, Book Pulse, and Wyatt’s World columns. She is the coauthor of The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction, 3d ed. (ALA Editions, 2019). Contact her at nwyatt@mediasourceinc.com

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